Business Competition for ANU Teams
9 - 26 September 2022

Register your team of 2 to 5 to learn how to build and present a high-growth scalable business concept. Pitch to the judges to win prizes from a pool of $10,000 + in-kind support from our ecosystem to help you take your project to the next level. 

$10,000 cash and support to help you learn how to build a high-growth business

Your chance to succeed alone are small. Use this opportunity to develop your teambuilding and team coordination skills.

Learn how to generate multiple ideas so that you can pick the one worth pursuing. Evolve the idea with the team, mentors and potential customers.

Showing is better than telling. Learn how to build minimal viable products by observing how users interact with the prototype of your solution.

Business models define the way you can make money on delivering your solution to your customers. Learn how to find the one that will fit your business.

Without customers, there is no business. Learn how to talk to customers before you build anything, to understand the market potential of your solution.

Even with customers with a problem, validated pricing and business model, your business can fail, if you do not learn how to tell its story to the key stakeholders. 

The real test comes when you deliver the short pitch on stage (virtually) and answer questions of the judges. Will you make it to the top 10 teams?

Throughout the program you will have access to innovation and business mentors. After the program, winners will be offered support from CBRIN.

Competition schedule

How much time do I have to commit and when?
Can I work with my team outside the scheduled sessions?

Here you can find a quick overview of what is involved for you to participate in InnovationACT intensive this year. We expect a really rapid progress - from start to finish in just 2 weeks! Do you have what it takes? Build a diverse team and try it. 


In the lead up to the competition, join us to meet successful ANU innovators in a fireside chat facilitated by Elaine Stead, featuring Lyle Roberts (Vai Photonics), Mark Luo (Quantum Brilliance) and Colin Jackson (Samsara Eco). 

Lead Up event: From Bench to Business Fireside Chat

17th August, 4pm - 6pm

Orientation: 9 September
12 - 1pm Ask questions


Mandatory for team captains. 30-60 minutes to get familiar with competition technology, rules and opportunity to ask questions. 

Workshop 1: 12 September 2022
1pm - 4.30pm Ideation + Validation

Canberra Innovation Network

Finalise your team structure, develop a variety of ideas and learn how to test them with potential customers to select which ones to focus on.

Workshop 2: 14 September 2022 1pm - 4.30pm Business models & market tests


Continue to learn how to validate your most promising ideas to see how they fit with a business model that can scale.

Workshop 3: 19 September 2022
1 - 4.30 pm Prototyping & pitch design


How can you demonstrate the value of your solution to potential customers? Begin to build the story of your solution.

Workshop 4: 26 September 2022 
1 - 4.30 pm Pitch practice & feedback

Canberra Innovation network

Great pitches come with practice. Practice. Practice. Practice. And get feedback you can use to improve your pitch!

Pitch event: Time TBC
Pitch to judges

Location TBC

The final event. Top 10 teams will be invited to live pitch to a panel of judges, answer their questions and receive prizes. 

Each workshop will consist of interactive activities from 1 to 4.30 pm. After each workshop, teams will have the opportunity to continue working on their ideas and progress.

Technology we will utilise in the program

The program will be using three principal online tools. We recommend you test they work before the competition start. You and your team must test your devices, operating system and peripheries, so you are comfortable and proficient in using them. All of these platforms allow free accounts; please use the same user emails you used to register for this competition.

Remo will be used for Workshops 2 & 3.

You will need one account on Remo that you can create as you register for the first session. Test your device (webcam, mic and speakers compatibility) here. This will be your key communication and participation platform.

Miro is integrated in Remo and it will be your team's whitboard. You do not need a separate account on miro but you may want to roadtest it beforehand to become familiar with the canvases and post-it notes for the collaborative capabilities.

At least your Team Captain but ideally all of you will need an account with Podio. Use same email as you registered for the competition. You will submit your work via Podio and can have conversations with competition organisers.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I participate as a solo participant? 

Unfortunately, we only accept teams between 2 to 5 members as the activities are designed for small teams. After the orientation session, there will be time for solo participants to form teams with one another.

What if I don't have a team yet and want to meet others looking for a team?

Leave us your details and come to our online orientation session on September 9, 12pm-1pm, and we will leave time for people without teams to meet each other and potentially form teams. 

What are the eligibility requirements?

Each team must have a current ANU student or staff member.

What is the commitment?

We estimate the commitment to be 4 - 5 hours per week over the two week competition on top of the workshops, spent on working on your projects. Of course, keen innovators are able to put in more time if they want!

What if I can only attend online?

If you are only able to attend online, we encourage you to ensure that at least one other person from your team can attend the in-person workshops. Unfortunately, we will not be facilitating a hybrid event on the day due to the number of participants we are expecting. 



First, register your team (unless someone else from your team already did). In participant registration, select the team you (or someone else from your team) have registered prior. Each team must have a current ANU student or staff member and you must have a team of between 2 and 5 members to register. By registering, you agree with the Rules of Engagement.

Individuals must register before 5 pm on 9 September 2022, with teams to be registered by 5pm on 11 September 2022. We will confirm your place in the program on 12 September 2022.

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the ACT, the Ngunnawal people. We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.

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Canberra,  2601, ACT

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